On this day: March, 2015

Our first full-month post. Let’s go!

March 1:
Births:
1810 – Frédéric Chopin, Polish pianist and composer  (May have heard of this guy…?)
1896 – Dimitri Mitropoulos, Greek pianist, conductor, and composer. Early Mahler advocate
1939 – Leo Brouwer, Cuban guitarist and composer
1958 – Chosei Komatsu, Japanese conductor
Deaths:
1620 – Thomas Campion, English poet and composer
1643 – Girolamo Frescobaldi, Italian pianist and composer 
1777 – Georg Christoph Wagenseil, Austrian composer
1882 – Theodor Kullak, German pianist, composer, and educator
1976 – Jean Martinon, French conductor and composer
 
March 2: 
Births:
1755 – Antoine-Frédéric Gresnick, Belgian composer
1824 – Bedřich Smetana, Czech composer
1900 – Kurt Weill, German-American composer
1905 – Marc Blitzstein, American composer
1912 – Henry Katzman, American pianist, composer, and painter (This guy did some important things)
1970 – Wibi Soerjadi, Dutch pianist and composer (this guy’s image on his Wiki page made me take this entry less than seriously, but then I read it. Seriously, look at this kid’s [I say kid. He’s much older than me, but doesn’t look it] image on Wikipedia, then go do an image search… is that the best they could do?) (Note to self: Read about Soerjadi)
Deaths:
2003 – Malcolm Williamson, Australian composer 

March 3:
1875 – Georges Bizet‘s opera Carmen receives its première at the Opéra-Comique in Paris.
Births:
1869 – Henry Wood, English conductor
1891 – Federico Moreno Torroba, Spanish composer
1913 – Margaret Bonds, American pianist and composer (not classical)
1944 – Lee Holdridge, Haitian-American composer and conductor
Deaths:
1706 – Johann Pachelbel, German organist and composer (something about a canon)
1768 – Nicola Porpora, Italian composer
1932 – Eugen d’Albert, Scottish-German pianist and composer
1988 – Henryk Szeryng, Polish-Mexican violinist
2000 – Toni Ortelli, Italian composer and conductor
2003 – Goffredo Petrassi, Italian composer and conductor
A couple of important people in the list for this day. d’Albert has a sonata that’s been on and off in my rotation for a while. He apparently also had a long list of ex-wives (I think that was him).
March 4:
No events. Births:
1492 – Francesco de Layolle, Italian organist and composer
1678 – Antonio Vivaldi, Italian violinist and composer (famous much?)
1838 – Paul Lacôme, French composer
1877 – Alexander Goedicke, Russian pianist and composer
1886 – Paul Bazelaire, French cellist and composer
1915 – Carlos Surinach, Spanish-Catalan composer and conductor
1921 – Halim El-Dabh, Egyptian-American composer (electronic music from an old Egyptian? maybe worth checking into)
1921 – Kaljo Raid, Estonian composer, cellist and clergyman
1925 – Paul Mauriat, French conductor
1928 – Samuel Adler, German-American composer and conductor
1929 – Bernard Haitink, Dutch violinist and conductor (one of my favorites)
1932 – Sigurd Jansen, Norwegian pianist, composer, and conductor
1934 – Mario Davidovsky, Argentinian-American composer
1936 – Aribert Reimann, German pianist and composer
1943 – Zoltán Jeney, Hungarian pianist and composer
1947 – Pēteris Plakidis, Latvian pianist and composer
Deaths:
1925 – Moritz Moszkowski, Polish-German pianist and composer
1999 – Miłosz Magin, Polish pianist and composer
2008 – Leonard Rosenman, American composer and conductor
March 5:
1868 – Mefistofele, an opera by Arrigo Boito receives its première performance at La Scala.
Births:
1748 – William Shield, English violinist and composer
1751 – Jan Křtitel Kuchař, Czech organist, composer, and educator (quite a name there)
1887 – Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brazilian composer
1914 – Philip Farkas, American horn player
1931 – Barry Tuckwell, Australian horn player
1948 – Richard Hickox, English conductor
1954 – Jack Stamp, American conductor and composer (played some of this guy’s pieces before).
1991 – Daniil Trifonov, Russian pianist (this kid is sickeningly talented, or sickeningly young, or maybe they exacerbate one another. Amazing).
Deaths:
1778 – Thomas Arne, English composer
1947 – Alfredo Casella, Italian pianist, composer, and conductor
1953 – Sergei Prokofiev, Russian pianist, composer, and conductor (this guy is important; he also apparently died the same day as Stalin, like within hours of each other.)
1984 – Pierre Cochereau, French organist and composer
And that’s it for this day. Moving on to 3/6
March 6:
No musical events. Births:
1785 – Karol Kurpiński, Polish composer and conductor
1914 – Kirill Kondrashin, Russian conductor
And that’s about it. On to deaths:
1860 – Friedrich Dotzauer, German cellist and composer
1932 – John Philip Sousa, American conductor and composer
1967 – Zoltán Kodály, Hungarian composer
Well, not a lot happened today, did it? Sousa is important, and I’ve heard of Kondrashin, but I forget in the conducting/recording of what rare piece I couldn’t find anywhere else. Oh, and that guy who wrote like, every march that an American could hum if requested to do so. Would more than likely be Sousa.
March 7:
Nothing to see here. Births:
1663 – Tomaso Antonio Vitali, Italian violinist and composer
1875 – Maurice Ravel, French composer (What a guy. Featured him recently already, and if I weren’t trying to branch out and keep things a bit fresher, I’d feature one of his pieces. I still may…. I still may)
1900 – Evald Aav, Estonian composer
Also, my piano teacher, apparently.
Deaths:
1981 – Kirill Kondrashin, Russian conductor (This guy was born earlier in the week. Just the previous day, in fact. He lived to be a day over 67 years old).
1983 – Igor Markevitch, Ukrainian conductor and composer
March 8:
Births:
1566 – Carlo Gesualdo, Italian composer
1714 – Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, German composer  (know this guy)
1904 – Nikos Skalkottas, Greek classical composer  (I’m glad they listed him this way so I didn’t have to go look him up and decide whether he merited inclusion.)
1911 – Alan Hovhaness, Armenian-American composer (Prolific composer, with 78 published symphonies).
Deaths:
1869 – Hector Berlioz, French composer
1957 – Othmar Schoeck, Swiss composer and conductor
1961 – Thomas Beecham, English conductor (Important conductor with lots of famous quotes)
1983 – William Walton, English composer
Seriously, not a lot going on this week.
March 9:
Yay! Events!:
1842 – Giuseppe Verdi‘s third opera, Nabucco, receives its première performance in Milan; its success establishes Verdi as one of Italy’s foremost opera writers.
Okay, well maybe just one. Births:
1839 – Phoebe Knapp, American organist and composer
1910 – Samuel Barber, American pianist and composer (Featured here more than once, also important. Want to get around to some of his solo works).
Deaths:
1999 – Harry Somers, Canadian composer
2000 – Jean Coulthard, Canadian composer and educator (not a great day for Canadian music, eh?)

2013 – Tengiz Amirejibi, Georgian pianist (best known for his interpretations of Chopin)

March 10:
No events of musical merit. Births:
1839 – Dudley Buck, American organist and composer
1844 – Pablo de Sarasate, Spanish violinist and composer
1875 – Alexander Goldenweiser, Russian pianist, composer, and educator
1892 – Arthur Honegger, French-Swiss composer
1915 – Charles Groves, English conductor
Deaths:
1832 – Muzio Clementi, Italian pianist, composer, and conductor
1910 – Carl Reinecke, German pianist, conductor, and composer
March 11:
1851 – The first performance of Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi takes place in Venice. (It’s always the Italians in the events)
1867 – The first performance of Don Carlos by Giuseppe Verdi takes place in Paris. (seriously?)
Births:
1876 – Carl Ruggles, American composer
1897 – Henry Cowell, American pianist and composer
1947 – Tristan Murail, French composer
1950 – Bobby McFerrin, American singer-songwriter, producer, and conductor (check out this video.)
Deaths:
1602 – Emilio de’ Cavalieri, Italian organist and composer
1607 – Giovanni Maria Nanino, Italian composer 
1898 – Dikran Tchouhadjian, Armenian composer and conductor
March 12:
No events. Births:
1607 – Paul Gerhardt, German composer
1710 – Thomas Arne, English composer
1837 – Alexandre Guilmant, French organist and composer
1923 – Norbert Brainin, Austrian violinist
1938 – Dimitri Terzakis, Greek-German composer
Deaths:
1628 – John Bull, English organist and composer
1832 – Friedrich Kuhlau, German-Danish composer
1937 – Jenő Hubay, Hungarian violinist and composer
1937 – Charles-Marie Widor, French organist and composer
1985 – Eugene Ormandy, Hungarian-American violinist and conductor (one of the longest tenures of any conductor with a single ensemble: 44 years with the Philadelphia orchestra, earning him three gold records and two Grammys.)
1999 – Yehudi Menuhin, American-Swiss violinist and conductor
March 13:
1845 – Felix Mendelssohn‘s Violin Concerto receives its première performance in Leipzig with Ferdinand David as soloist.
Births:
1700 – Michel Blavet, French flute player and composer
1860 – Hugo Wolf, Slovene-Austrian composer
1883 – Enrico Toselli, Italian pianist and composer
1890 – Fritz Busch, German conductor
1952 – Wolfgang Rihm, German composer
Deaths:
1918 – César Cui, Russian composer and critic (a member of The Five, along with Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin, and their leader, Balakirev)
1990 – Karl Münchinger, German conductor
March 14:
I was all excited about events this week and hoping for more. Not today.
Births:
1681 – Georg Philipp Telemann, German composer
1804 – Johann Strauss I, Austrian composer
1866 – Alexey Troitsky, Russian composer and author
1915 – Alexander Brott, Canadian violinist, conductor, and composer
1926 – François Morel, Canadian pianist, composer, conductor, and educator
1939 – Stavros Xarchakos, Greek composer, conductor, and politician (tenuous inclusion, but this guy studied with Nadia Boulanger)
1944 – Boris Brott, Canadian composer and conductor (son of the aforementioned Alexander Brott, born on the same day 29 years earlier)
Deaths:
March 15:
Beware the Ides of March…
Births:
1684 – Francesco Durante, Italian composer
1835 – Eduard Strauss, Austrian composer and conductor
1838 – Karl Davydov, Russian cellist, composer, and conductor
1864 – Johan Halvorsen, Norwegian violinist, composer, and conductor
Deaths:
1575 – Annibale Padovano, Italian organist and composer
1842 – Luigi Cherubini, Italian composer (Beethoven considered this man the greatest of his contemporaries)
March 16:
Births:
1663 – Jean-Baptiste Matho, French composer
1823 – William Henry Monk, English organist, church musician, music editor and composer
1869 – Willy Burmester, German violinist
1946 – Hubert Soudant, Dutch conductor
1959 – Sebastian Currier, American composer
Deaths:
1736 – Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Italian organist and composer
1968 – Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Italian-American composer

2004 – Vilém Tauský, Czech conductor and composer (this guy’s mom sang Mozart at the Vienna State Opera under Mahler!)

March 17
Nothing happened. Births:
1665 – Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, French harpsichordist and composer
1876 – Frederick Ayres, American composer
1936 – Ladislav Kupkovič, Slovakian composer and conductor
Deaths:
1875 – Ferdinand Laub, Czech violinist and composer
1999 – Ernest Gold, Austrian composer
March 18
No events again. When did everything happen?! Births:
1657 – Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni, Italian organist and composer
1844 – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian composer
1882 – Gian Francesco Malipiero, Italian composer and educator
1939 – Yannis Markopoulos, Greek composer
1950 – James Conlon, American conductor
Deaths:
1823 – Jean-Baptiste Bréval, French cellist and composer
March 19
Nada. Births:
1661 – Francesco Gasparini, Italian composer and educator

1873 – Max Reger, German pianist, composer, and conductor
1948 – Peep Lassmann, Estonian pianist
Deaths:
1697 – Nicolaus Bruhns, German organist and composer
1900 – Charles-Louis Hanon, French pianist and composer (I’m using this guy’s piano exercises)
Turning out to be a bit of a boring week so far. Let’s see what the latter half has in store for us.
March 20
1888 – The premiere of the very first Romani language operetta is staged in MoscowRussia. (I find this randomly interesting, mostly from a linguistic standpoint)
1948 – With a Musicians Union ban lifted, the first telecasts of classical music in the United States, under Eugene Ormandy and Arturo Toscanini, are given on CBS and NBC. (This is pretty awesome, although I hear Toscanini was not a nice fellow.)
Births:
1915 – Sviatoslav Richter, Soviet pianist
1927 – John Joubert, South African-English composer
Deaths:
1874 – Hans Christian Lumbye, Danish composer
2011 – Johnny Pearson, English pianist, conductor, and composer
March 21
Nothing! Births:
1527 – Hermann Finck, German composer
1716 – Josef Seger, Bohemian organist, composer, and educator
1839 – Modest Mussorgsky, Russian composer
1895 – Zlatko Baloković, Croatian-American violinist
1914 – Paul Tortelier, French cellist and composer
1943 – Hartmut Haenchen, German conductor
Deaths:
1801 – Andrea Luchesi, Italian composer
1934 – Franz Schreker, Austrian composer and conductor
1936 – Alexander Glazunov, Russian composer and conductor
1939 – Evald Aav, Estonian composer
March 22
Births:
1842 – Mykola Lysenko, Ukrainian pianist, composer, and conductor
1937 – Angelo Badalamenti, American composer
Deaths:
1687 – Jean-Baptiste Lully, Italian-French composer
2011 – Victor Bouchard, Canadian pianist and composer (studied under Alfred Cortot)
March 23
Births:
1878 – Franz Schreker, Austrian composer and conductor
1944 – Michael Nyman, English pianist and composer (composed music for the film The Piano)
Deaths:
1675 – Anthoni van Noordt, Dutch organist and composer

1748 – Johann Gottfried Walther, German organist and composer

March 24
1721 – Johann Sebastian Bach dedicated six concertos to Christian Ludwigmargrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt, now commonly called the Brandenburg concertos, BWV 1046-1051. (How’s that for a significant event?)
Births:
1962 – Angèle Dubeau, Canadian violinist
Seriously? That’s it? Granted, there were a few I decided not to include.
Deaths:
1653 – Samuel Scheidt, German organist and composer
1916 – Enrique Granados, Spanish pianist and composer
And that’s it for day one. Granados is a pretty important dude. Well, I’ve heard of him.
March 25
Births:
1867 – Arturo Toscanini, Italian conductor
1881 – Béla Bartók, Hungarian pianist and composer
1930 – David Burge, American pianist, composer, and conductor
Deaths:
1620 – Johannes Nucius, German composer
1738 – Turlough O’Carolan, Irish harp player and composer
1917 – Spyridon Samaras, Greek composer
1918 – Claude Debussy, French composer
1967 – Renato Cellini, Italian conductor

1980 – Walter Susskind, Czech-English conductor

March 26
Births:
1634 – Domenico Freschi Italian composer and priest
1884 – Wilhelm Backhaus, German pianist
1925 – Pierre Boulez, French pianist, composer, and conductor
Deaths:
1827 – Ludwig van Beethoven, German pianist and composer  (Heard of him?)
March 27
1416 – Antonio Squarcialupi, Italian organist and composer (that’s just about the squirreliest Italian name I’ve ever seen. Say it. Just say it. You won’t regret it.)
1702 – Johann Ernst Eberlin, German organist and composer
1709 – William Flackton, English organist, viola player, and composer
1710 – Joseph Abaco, Belgian cellist and composer
1804 – Giacomo Panizza, Italian conductor and composer
1851 – Ruperto Chapí, Spanish composer, co-founded Sociedad General de Autores y Editores 
1892 – Ferde Grofé, American pianist and composer
1912 – Robert Hughes, Scottish-Australian composer (the description of this guy’s works sounds interesting…)
1927 – Mstislav Rostropovich, Russian cellist and conductor
1949 – Poul Ruders, Danish composer (dubious inclusion)
Holy crap a lot of people were born this day. And I knew none of them except for Rostropovich…
Deaths:
1757 – Johann Stamitz, Czech violinist and composer
1924 – Walter Parratt, English organist and composer
March 28
No happenings. Births, though:
1621 – Heinrich Schwemmer German composer and educator
1871 – Willem Mengelberg, Dutch conductor
1903 – Rudolf Serkin, Czech-American pianist
1906 – Murray Adaskin, Canadian violinist, composer, and conductor
1919 – Jacob Avshalomov, American composer and conductor
Deaths:
1687 – Constantijn Huygens, Dutch poet and composer
1818 – Antonio Capuzzi, Italian violinist and composer
1881 – Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, Russian composer
1910 – Édouard Colonne, French violinist and conductor
1937 – Karol Szymanowski, Polish pianist and composer
1943 – Sergei Rachmaninoff, Russian pianist, composer, and conductor (Awww…. that’s super sad. What a guy. Made an appearance or two for his symphonies, but there’s plenty more from this guy in the future.)
1949 – Grigoraș Dinicu, Romanian violinist and composer (Heifetz said this guy is the best violinist he’d ever heard)
2012 – Alexander Arutiunian, Armenian pianist and composer
March 29
Births:
1747 – Johann Wilhelm Hässler, German pianist and composer
1902 – William Walton, English composer
1936 – Richard Rodney Bennett, English composer
Deaths:
1692 – Nicolaus Bruhns, Danish-German organist, violinist, and composer
1888 – Charles-Valentin Alkan, French pianist and composer (Liszt claimed this guy was the best pianist he’d ever heard. Contemporary of Liszt and Chopin.)
1911 – Alexandre Guilmant, French organist and composer
1924 – Charles Villiers Stanford, Irish composer and conductor
1965 – Zlatko Baloković, Croatian violinist
March 30
Births:
1727 – Tommaso Traetta, Italian composer
1750 – John Stafford Smith, English organist and composer
1926 – Werner Torkanowsky, German conductor
Deaths:
1864 – Louis Schindelmeisser, German clarinet player, conductor, and composer
1935 – Romanos Melikian, Armenian composer
1955 – Harl McDonald, American pianist, composer, and conductor
1960 – Joseph Haas, German composer and educator
1963 – Aleksandr Gauk, Russian conductor and composer

1977 – Levko Revutsky, Ukrainian composer and educator

March 31
1913 – The Vienna Concert Society rioted during a performance of mordernist [sic, Wikipedia] music by Arnold SchoenbergAlban BergAlexander von Zemlinsky, and Anton von Webern, causing a premature end to the concert due to violence. This concert became known as the Skandalkonzert.
Births:
1685 – Johann Sebastian Bach, German organist and composer (He’s relatively important….)
1732 – Joseph Haydn, Austrian composer (wow… also rather significant)
1747 – Johann Abraham Peter Schulz, German pianist and composer
1809 – Otto Lindblad, Swedish composer
1893 – Clemens Krauss, Austrian conductor
Deaths:
1880 – Henryk Wieniawski, Polish violinist and composer
1885 – Franz Abt, German composer and conductor
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